3 Quick Ideas to Remedy Your Depression

Let’s face it: we all get down from one time to another, but sometimes it can be more serious than simple feelings of sadness. Whether it’s clinical depression or simply the blues, we’ve got you covered with 3 quick ideas to help get you back on your feet.

  1. Join a yoga class. Many psychologists and psychiatrists will advise their clients to take on these classes amongst their busy lives in order to centralize their emotions and thoughts. Taking a yoga class is not only beneficial for your emotional health but is a great workout as well.
  2. Cook a meal with a family member. Spending your scarce free time with the ones you love is another way to be sure to put yourself in a joyful mood.The act of cooking a meal gives your day purpose as you are completing a meaningful task and can feel grateful for the work you’ve done.
  3. Spend at least 15 minutes of your day outside in the sun. Sunlight is proven to provide your body with necessary Vitamin D, a vitamin that helps prevent depression from surfacing. On top of this sunlight exposure, studies recommend a healthy amount of 60 minutes of exercise a day.

6 Easy Ways to Beat Anxiety

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As we all know, anxiety can be overwhelming. It can often become insurmountable to reverse the effects of an anxiety attack once it has surfaced.

We’ve formulated a 6 step guide to ensure you avoid these situations and to help you on your road to recovering from your clinical anxiety.

  1. Limit Caffeine Intake! Studies have repeatedly shown that those who suffer from anxiety experience exacerbated symptoms when caffeine is introduced. Limiting intake or excluding it from your diet completely is a sure-fire way to reduce your anxiety immediately.
  2. Talk to a friend or loved one. Talking about your anxiety to others has also been proven to immediately alleviate symptoms. Recognizing that your anxiety is existent and giving it the respect and attention it deserves can often lessen symptoms
  3. Go for a walk in nature. I personally enjoy this pointer as being amongst wildlife and plants gives me an “at-one” feeling with the Earth.
  4. Exercise, exercise, exercise! Scientists recommend a healthy amount of 60 minutes of exercise a day to assist your physical and mental health, but don’t overdo it.
  5. Take a nap! If your anxiety becomes too heavy to deal with and you are finding yourself in a situation that is difficult to function in, try taking a nap. Sleeping gives your mind and body a chance to reset and can help give you a fresh start to the second half of your day.
  6. Practice self-care. Those who consistently practice self-care and are overall healthy people report lower levels of anxiety and depression. Be sure to brush your teeth, shower daily, and eat healthily.

How are Serotonin and Depression Related?

Depression can present itself in insurmountable ways. If left untreated, depression can affect our ability to function. Today, I’ll touch on some of the symptoms of depression I dealt with and how I ultimately overcame them.

One of the most commonly reported themes of depression is a lack of motivation to do absolutely anything. We can go from goal-oriented and extensively motivated people to locking ourselves in our room without a simple regard for how things are going to play out. And thus presents serotonin and instant-gratification measures.

Serotonin (or the lack thereof) can wreck havoc in our lives. Commonly referred to as the “happy chemical”, serotonin is one of the many brain chemicals. It is known to be responsible for happiness, fulfillment, maintaining a sleep schedule, sexual desire and well-being. Stating the obvious here: it’s essential.

Those who have a persistent lack of serotonin binding in the corresponding neural cavities experience what’s referred to as clinical depression (or Major Depressive Disorder). Psychologists often overmedicate for this disorder by using multiple antidepressants or SSRI’s. SSRI’s (short for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are a medication that claims to bind freely mingling serotonin to its respective cavities. This isn’t a pharmaceutical way of inducing serotonin; it simply takes what you already have and binds it to it’s home. Once this medication is prescribed and began, it can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to show positive effects.

Not to mention that there are genetic predispositions people can carry that present a case of treatment-resistant depression, meaning that most forms of medical treatment will hardly improve the condition.

Let’s consider an individual with MDD, specifically treatment-resistant depression. They work 9:00-5:00 at a retail store and can’t seem to find simple hope for the day. They have social outlets, they exercise and even eat healthily. They lead what’s referred to as a normal life but can’t find fulfillment or happiness at any point thoughout the day. Thus, they are lacking motivation for life. They go home and turn to instant gratification activities that help supplement their lack of “feel good” brain chemicals.

These activities often include the following: binge eating junk food, spending hours on social media, video game addiction, social isolation, inconsistent sexual desires, etc. As you can see, most of these activities are simply a by-product of depression which is a by-product of a lack of serotonin.

During my depressive episode, I experienced a number of symptoms despite having been on SSRI’s for years. My depression got worse and worse. My subsequent instant-gratification activities became much more condensed and consistent. My life was falling apart because of a chemical. Then I decided to take my condition into my own hands. I would no longer be ridiculed by doctors or psychologists for my pre-disposition and my incapability to be happy. I would no longer tolerate being talked down to.

I broke free; I became me again. Stay tuned for more.